June 15th Kingfisher Lodge fishing started out with light winds at 5 am with a forecast for 35 knot winds for the afternoon. Our goal was to get our King salmon early then off to get halibut before the winds made it too difficult to accomplish.
My daughter Anjuli went with us as Nick and Dylan had to go home, so our goal was 5 King salmon and 4 halibut. Dropping in at 6 am we doubled up on Kings landed both of those, we then hooked another landing it. Other boats had got word of the success and with a windy forcast making other spots more difficult to fish were there as well competing for the fish and sure enough they also were landing salmon so our catch rate started slowing down, but we did land one more and hooked 2 more, loosing them. So our total for the morning was 4 King salmon landed and 2 lost.
Then off we went for halibut and were not disappointed as we hooked a very nice halibut right off the bat, but had to let it go since it was about 55″ which falls into the 45-68″ size we must release. Then we hooked a nice halibut and while trying to get it in the boat knocked it off the hook so, with a sick stomach due to that disaster we continued on and eventually landed our limit of medium sized halibut and headed in towards home as the winds were now blowing a steady 25 knots. We are now in the dry of the lodge and watching the winds gust to 35 knots as predicted with rain pelting down and we are grateful for the fish that is now in the walk in freezer ready for the guests trip home tomorrow. Total kings for the group of 5 for 4 days fishing was 19 not including the 6 landed and released.
June 14th 5:14 departure from the dock at Kingfisher Lodge was again a pleasant morning with flat calm waters which made that early morning cup of coffee while underway a pleasure to enjoy not to mention the sea scape that was before us. King salmon fishing was our destination this morning and our goals were quickly realized as we caught King after King finishing our 5 fish limit in exactly one hour. We released 2 others one of which was larger than some that we kept, but having one hooked deep in the throat we kept him and released the larger one that was only hooked in the lip.
Our next destination was halibut and we chose a more northern spot than yesterday’s disapointment of the small halibut. Luck was on our side and we limited on a nicer grade of halibut with the largest measuring in at 43″ or about 40 pounds. The new regulation allows halibut that are 45″ and under or over 68″, all in between those numbers must be released so we were pretty happy to not have to let the larger one go.
Weather forcast for tomorrow is for gale force winds in the afternoon so hopefully we can get our fish and get back before the main storm arrives. Good job to the guests today!
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on August 14th. The morning greeted us with flat calm water and high partly cloudy skies. We headed west to a spot we have frequented and was greeted by a few nice king salmon and 8 limits of silver salmon by a very early morning. From the wonderful biting silver salmon to the biting halibut we ended our day catching black sea bass and over sized and undersized ling cod. We took photo’s of the largest ling cod and released him which he was obviously very happy about as he sped to the bottom. Chatter on the radio sounded like limits for many boats were only a dream as silver salmon continue to be in low numbers in some areas although they seem to be consentrated along the kelp lines of many islands. Looking and working those areas can produce limits if persistant and lucky. Good job to the fishermen on both boats today!
Leaving the dock at 5:30 am we headed for Cape Bartolome as I had heard from the fishing reports that the kings were in great numbers there. By 6:30 we had our lines in the water with our cut plug herring and started getting hits at 70 feet below the surface. Most of the fish were up high rather than deeper and before long were landing kings with doubles and tripples, but having to release some of the kings that were small or lightly hooked. We kept 5 and then moved on to a spot I had been fishing earlier in the month to check it out and sure enough there were many kings there as well landing half a dozen and seeing many more on the fish finder. We had most our halibut already so we went looking for a few nicer halibut but not finding anything of size headed for the dock closing a easy day of fishing.
Then Trinity guided by Rich Rodgers had limited as well quite early and went on to catch their yellow eye and sea bass.
Today was a wonderful day leaving the dock at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig alaska to flat calm water and arriving to our fishing spot within 45 minutes. We then doubled up on kings mooching for the salmon using our cut plugs. It was pretty steady hooking with a few doubles and singles on kings landing about 15 and keeping our limit which was 7 total. Halibut fishing finished the day landing many small halibut, but sorting to keep the largest which was about 34″ a bit under the 37″ rule but the 37″ ones are hard to find right in that length. While halibut fishing off shore we had salmon hitting our baits as we dropped to the bottom trying to catch the halibut. We had several follow up the halibut to the boat as well as hooking up kings with the halibut gear. When you are having a hard time getting to the bottom with your halibut gear because the salmon are too thick that is a good problem to have.
Returned home on by 2 pm back to the dock to rest up for another day of fun fishing at Kingfisher Lodge.